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BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga with a record-setting 6-0 rout of Mainz on Sunday Michael Bradley Jersey , more than answering Borussia Dortmund’s challenge a day earlier.Bayern set a new league record for scoring five or more goals in three consecutive games after last weekend’s 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg which followed a 5-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman scored in a one-sided first half, before James completed his hat trick and Canadian teen Alphonso Davies grabbed his first goal for Bayern in the second.James became the first Colombian to score a hat trick in the Bundesliga.Bayern, the six-time defending champion, reclaimed the lead on goal difference from Dortmund, which had put the pressure on Saturday with a last-gasp 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin.With eight rounds remaining, the April 6 clash between the two rivals could be a potential title-decider.Bayern was keen to impress after its midweek Champions League exit to Liverpool.“We wanted to play a good game for sure and we asked a lot of ourselves after Wednesday,” Thomas Mueller said. “Today we dominated from the start.”Lewandowski scored with the outside of his boot in the third minute, James made it 2-0 in the 33rd after Leon Goretzka laid the ball off with his chest, and Coman, who earlier hit the post, let fly from the outside of the area in the 39th.James grabbed another two goals within a four-minute spell early in the second half DeAndre Yedlin Jersey , before Davies, who came on with just over half an hour remaining, scored with a volley on the rebound after Mainz goalkeeper Florian Mueller denied Lewandowski.BREMEN ON THE BREAKMax Kruse opened and finished the scoring for Werder Bremen to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 away and boost its European qualification hopes on Sunday.The Bremen captain finished off a counterattack spearheaded by brothers Maximilian and Johannes Eggestein in the 14th minute and set up Milot Rashica to score on another breakaway in the 37th.Leon Bailey pulled one back with a brilliant free kick in off the crossbar with 15 minutes of normal time remaining, but Kruse sealed Bremen’s win with yet another counterattack in the fifth minute of injury time.The win lifted Bremen to eighth, three points behind Leverkusen, which occupies the last place for Europa League qualification. Peter Bosz’s Leverkusen put itself in contention with six wins from its last eight games.Martin Hinteregger’s first-half strike was enough for Eintracht Frankfurt to consolidate fifth place with a 1-0 win over last-placed Nuremberg. The visitors are now 20 games without a win. LONDON (AP) — With the completion of their domestic title defenses seeming a formality, Barcelona and Juventus can now focus on the Champions League.For the rest of the quarterfinalists it’s a far more challenging period that will stretch their squads while ambitions at home and abroad are juggled.Here is a look at this week’s first legs:TOTTENHAM-MANCHESTER CITYJust like last season, Manchester City comes up against a Premier League rival in the quarterfinals.Different this time is not only the opponent — Tottenham rather than Liverpool — but also the surroundings. City will be Tottenham’s second opponents in its new 62,000-capacity stadium in north London on Tuesday.“I don’t care about the stadium,” City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne said. “I care about the team we play. Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters.”If De Bruyne sounds irritated it’s not because of the state of City’s campaign. Pep Guardiola’s team remains in a quadruple chase after reaching the FA Cup final with a victory over Brighton on Saturday, having already won the League Cup and sitting second in the Premier League.The Champions League is the one major honor to elude City in the 11 years since Abu Dhabi investment transformed the club. City hasn’t even reached a final, falling at this stage last year to Liverpool https://www.thetopsoccer.com/usa/matt-miazga-jersey , but is the competition’s top scorer this season with 26 goals.Tottenham is in a scrap just to qualify for a fourth successive season in the Champions League by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. With a squad lacking reinforcements in the last year due to stadium building costs, Tottenham is third in the league, but only a point ahead of fifth-place Chelsea.LIVERPOOL-PORTOWhile Liverpool will be without banned right back Andy Robertson, Porto has two key players ruled out through suspension: playmaker Hector Herrera and Pepe, the center back who won three Champions League titles with Real Madrid.Coach Sergio Conceicao will still be able to call on center back Eder Militao, who doesn’t move to Madrid until next season, but left back Alex Telles remains doubtful due to a hip injury.Porto, which last reached the quarterfinals four years ago, is chasing its first appearance in the semifinals since winning the Champions League under the then-emerging manager Jose Mourinho in 2004.Fueled by Mohamed Salah’s goals, Liverpool made it to last season’s final, where the five-time European champion was beaten by Real Madrid.The forward has rediscovered his scoring touch in time for the visit of Porto to Anfield on Tuesday, netting for the first time in nine games in a victory at Southampton on Friday. That took Liverpool to the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City.Porto is being kept off top spot in Portugal by Benfica due to an inferior goal difference.MANCHESTER UNITED-BARCELONAThe quarterfinals have been the end of Barcelona’s Champions League journey for three successive seasons since winning a fifth European title in 2015.United is in the last eight for the first time since 2014 when defeat helped spell the end of David Moyes’ reign as Alex Ferguson’s immediate successor.Victory at Paris Saint-Germain last month Gyasi Zardes Jersey , though, contributed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being handed the United job on a three-year contract after convincing the ownership of his credentials during a three-month audition after Mourinho’s firing.United hosts Barcelona at Old Trafford on Wednesday with the luxury of having not played for more than a week since an April 2 loss to Wolverhampton.“We will have less rest but on the other hand we will be more motivated by the victory over Atletico,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.While Barcelona opened an 11-point Spanish league lead over Atletico with a 2-0 win on Saturday, United is in sixth place in the Premier League — two points off fourth with six games remaining.AJAX-JUVENTUSJuventus is hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to play some part in Wednesday’s match after injuring a right thigh muscle on Portugal duty last month.The forward participated in training on Sunday but Juventus will take no risks on the fitness of the hat trick scorer from the last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid last month.Moise Kean is ready to step in. The 19-year-old Italy forward has scored five goals in his past five matches for club and country.While Juventus is one win away from securing a record-extending eighth Serie A title, Ajax is only leading the Eredivisie from PSV Eindhoven on goal difference.Midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who joins Barcelona next season, was substituted as a precaution during Ajax’s 4-1 victory over Willem II Tilburg on Saturday after hurting an ankle.“We want to show Europe what we’re worth,” he said. “I think we’ve already done that, but we want to confirm it.”Ajax won the Champions League in 1995 and was beaten in the following year’s final. The Amsterdam club hasn’t contested the quarterfinals since 2003, when it lost to AC Milan, and had to start in the qualifying rounds in July this season.
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